If you still have Windows 7 installed on your PC, as you have seen, Microsoft has already announced for some time that support ends from 14 January 2020 and therefore you will no longer be able to receive updates and security patches for the Windows 7 operating system . But I also have good news to give you to solve those often serious security problems, some platforms allow you to continue receiving updates for Windows 7 despite the end of support. So if you are interested, get comfortable and let’s see how to receive updates for Windows 7 after the end of official support.
How to continue receiving updates for Windows 7 after January 14, 2020 despite the official support from Windows Update has ended
If you own a company or if you are a common consumer who does not want or cannot upgrade your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10 due to cost and compatibility problems with other programs or for other reasons then you must know that through some paid services you can still download security patches and update Windows 7 after January 14, 2020 . Let’s see how.
Install the latest Windows 7 updates
As a first step to secure Windows 7 I recommend you to install the latest official updates which are KB4534314 (January security update) and the second KB4534310 (cumulative update for the base version of Windows 7 SP1).
Windows 7 updates for business
As for companies that still have Windows 7 installed on PCs and for cost and compatibility reasons they cannot upgrade to Windows 10 in a note Microsoft stated that it will still be able to provide security updates for Windows 7 until 2023 , but beware only for a fee through the already active Extended Security Updates (ESU) service .
Extended Security Updates (ESU) is a paid service that through a subscription with a minimum of one year allows you to continue receiving Windows 7 security updates for another three years despite the end of support.
But who can buy the ESU subscription? Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 is not available to private users , but only to companies both small and large (enterprise). There is no minimum purchase limit for subscriptions you can also get a license for a single PC.
To purchase and activate an ESU subscription you must have the versions of Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate or PC with Windows 7 with Retail license and Windows 7 pre-installed with OEM license.
For all those companies that have a Windows Enterprise active volume license agreement that decide to activate ESU they will pay for the first year $ 25 for each PC and the second year $ 50 for each PC. Volume licensed companies that have Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Professional installed on their computer can also enjoy the same price .
On the other hand, small and large companies that have not signed a volume license agreement can make a subscription to ESU on their PCs that have installed Windows 7 Professional by paying $ 50 for the first year for each PC , for the second year $ 100 for each PC and for the third year $ 200 for each PC .
Purchasing an Extended Security Updates subscription for Windows 7 cannot be done directly through Microsoft, but you must directly contact a distributor or reseller closest to your area through this page .
After the purchase, the customer receives a new serial code (product key) which, after entering it in the PC, unlocks access and from that moment on, Windows 7 can be updated for the entire duration of the subscription.
Windows 7 updates for individuals
How to get updates for Windows 7 after the end of official support if I am a private user? No problem if you are a private user you can receive updates through 0patch a well-known platform that has said to continue providing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 .
Acros Security announced that through the 0patch page it distributes security updates for Windows 7 through these parameters:
- Every Tuesday, expert programming engineers review Microsoft’s operating system security advisories to determine which vulnerabilities are fixed for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 versions.
- For high-risk security vulnerabilities that are identified we will review the released Windows 10 updates to see if the vulnerable code that was released by Microsoft is also present on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008.
- If the vulnerable code is found to be present and at high security risk even on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, then the 0patch programmers will develop a series of micro-patches which, once the tests have been passed, will be distributed on the opatch platform.
The opatch platform to receive updates on the Microsoft operating system must be installed on the PC. The updates will affect and can be installed mainly by users who have purchased the Professional or Enterprise subscription from 0patch.
The patches that concern the most serious security vulnerabilities are released freely and can be installed for free even by users who do not have any subscription and who use the Free plan of opatch.
To use and download the Free (free) version of opatch it is very simple as the first step start the browser and connect to the main page of the platform then click on the Download button located in the Free tab to download the installation file 0PatchInstaller_xx.xx.xx.xxxx .exe (the xs indicate the available version).
At the end of the download click twice with the left mouse button on the file just downloaded to start the installation of the program. From the first window that opens, select the Next button .
In the next, check the item I Agree and press Next> Next> Yes> Close and Yes to open the opatch console. At this point it carries out all the registration steps and the game is done from this moment you can update Windows 7 once you have received the security paths.